A hospital has come under fire after allowing a pregnant woman’s dog to watch her give birth. The family pet - called Barney - was allowed into the delivery room at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol as a calming presence.
The pregnant woman, who had no underlying medical conditions, asked for the animal to help with the birth.
Barney - believed to be a labrador - stayed for the birth along with the woman’s partner and a midwife before the family left with their newborn child.
Hospital bosses informed all staff about the decision in advance, and said the unusual step was taken as Barney is a working "therapy dog" who regularly visits patients on wards.
But there was some concern from staff about hygiene. One said: "Like it or not, dogs are dirty animals."